The John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and the Department of Statistics at Harvard University seeks applicants for two prestigious postdoctoral fellow programs in Computer Science.
Center for Research on Computation and Society (CRCS)
The Harvard Center for Research on Computation and Society (CRCS) solicits applications for postdoctoral fellows for the 2020-2021 academic year. CRCS provides postdoctoral fellows with an annual salary plus travel and research funding to allow them to engage in independent research. Fellows spend up to two years at CRCS. We seek researchers who are enthusiastic about interacting with computer scientists and colleagues from other disciplines and who have a demonstrated interest in connecting their research agenda with societal issues.
Areas of specific research interest for the 2020-2021 academic year include conservation and public health. Research in this arena may involve, among myriad other possibilities, the use of AI for protecting endangered wildlife, fisheries, and forests; the use of technology to detect and prevent disease; and public health challenges amongst those experiencing homelessness. Other topics that continue to remain of interest to CRCS include privacy and security; social computing; economics and computation; and ethics and fairness in the application of technological innovation to societal problems.
The ideal CRCS researcher will have a technical background in an area related to computer science and a desire to creatively use those skills to address problems of societal importance. CRCS is a highly collaborative environment, and we expect fellows to engage with researchers both inside and outside of computer science. CRCS researchers have made contributions to important outcomes such as the development of PAWS for conservation (http://teamcore.usc.edu/people/Paws/index.html) and the Privacy Tools Project (https://privacytools.seas.harvard.edu/).
CRCS offers postdoctoral fellows numerous opportunities to engage with Harvard faculty, students, and scholars in computer science and other disciplines, including the CRCS lunch seminar series, professional development panels, informal CRCS lunches, and other research group meetings.
We particularly encourage applications from historically underrepresented groups, including women and minorities.
For further information about the Center and its activities, see https://crcs.seas.harvard.edu/
Michael O. Rabin Postdoctoral Fellowship in Theoretical Computer Science
TheJohn A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University (SEAS) seeks applicants for the Michael O. Rabin* Postdoctoral Fellowship in Theoretical Computer Science. The normal duration of the Rabin Fellowship is two years. Rabin Fellows will receive a generous salary as well as an allocation for research and travel expenses.
We are looking for junior scientists in theoretical computer science, broadly construed. Rabin Fellows will be provided with the opportunity to pursue their research agenda in an intellectually vibrant environment with ample mentorship. While interaction with Harvard faculty, students, and visitors is encouraged, Rabin Fellows are free to pursue their own interests.
*The fellowship is named after Michael O. Rabin, pioneer in Computer Science research and winner of numerous awards including the A. M. Turing award in 1976. Michael Rabin has been on the faculty at Harvard since 1981, and currently is the Thomas J. Watson, Sr. Professor of Computer Science, Emeritus in SEAS. The fellowship is aimed at researchers in all areas of theoretical computer science, including fellows that, like Rabin, might create new areas that do not yet exist.
Applicants to the Rabin Fellowship will also be considered for other possible postdoctoral fellowship positions in theoretical computer science at Harvard, depending on availability of funds and an applicant’s fit with the research activities in the group. Please note that these other fellowships may have different terms and/or salary than the Rabin Postdoctoral Fellowships.
Candidates are required to have a doctorate or terminal degree in Computer Science or a related area by the expected start date.
Required application documents include a cover letter, cv, a statement of research interests, and up to three representative papers. Candidates are also required to submit the names and contact information for at least three and up to five references, and the application is complete only when three letters have been submitted.
Applicants for the CRCS Postdoctoral Fellowship should address what you hope to gain from your time at CRCS and list up to three faculty members with whom you would like to work in your cover letter.
We encourage candidates to apply by December 2, 2019, but will continue to review applications until the positions are filled.